- Say all arms of government should operate independently and effectively with proper funding
- Tiren says President Kenyatta and Parliament should deal with crisis in funding the Judiciary
Chief Justice David Maraga has valid complaints about the financial crisis in the Judiciary which should be urgently dealt with by Parliament and Treasury, two MPs have said.
Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei and Moiben MP Sila Tiren said the government should not ignore the recent cry by Maraga over reduced funding for the Judiciary and lack of respect for his office.
The two leaders who spoke in Eldoret said all arms of government should operate independently and effectively with proper funding as required under the Constitution.
Shollei who is former registrar of the Judiciary said Maraga was genuinely concerned with collapsing operations due to lack of funds.
She said the Justice and Legal Committee of Parliament should urgently hear Maraga's cry and provide adequate funding.
Shollei faulted acting CS for Treasury Ukur Yattani for saying he had no extra money to give the Judiciary yet he did not consult Parliament which appropriates the budget.
“There is a need for Treasury to always consult Parliament which has mandate to appropriate the national budget,” she said.
Tiren said separately that President Kenyatta and Parliament should deal with the crisis in funding the Judiciary, which is painting the country in bad light internationally.
Tiren said the outcry by CJ Maraga over problems in the Judiciary was sincere and should be urgently addressed so that Kenyans can access justice.
“The Judiciary handles matters including many that touch on poor Kenyans who cannot afford justice without well functional courts especially in rural areas,” Tiren said.